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Killed for cellphone

Chandigarh, Feb. 25 (PTI): A Class VIII student of a private school in Haryana has been killed allegedly by two classmates, after he had asked one of them to return his cellphone.

Shubham had lent his phone to one of the accused. When he wanted it back, he was asked to come to the school’s backyard on Friday. “On reaching, Shubham was strangled to death by the suspects,” police said. The accused have been kept in a juvenile home.

Nepal school

Kathmandu (PTI): Activists of the breakaway CPN-Maoist faction vandalised two vehicles of a private school on Sunday, allegedly for operating under India’s CBSE system. This is the second attack on the DAV Sushil Kedia Vishwa Bharati Higher Secondary School.

J&K sarpanch

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police have detained for questioning a deputy sarpanch and two personal security officers of a sarpanch killed in Kalantra Payeen village on Sunday. Javed Ahmad Wani is suspected to have been killed by militants but officials said they are also looking into an “internal rivalry” angle.

Aadhaar data

New Delhi (PTI): The Unique Identification Authority of India has issued Aadhaar numbers to 8,805 eunuchs last year. Only 96 of them got the numbers in 2010 while 12,554 got it in 2011, the UIDAI has said in reply to an RTI query.

Pak nationals

Maharajganj (PTI): Four Pakistani nationals, including two children, have been arrested by the Sashastra Seema Bal for illegally crossing over through the Indo-Nepal border in Uttar Pradesh. They were found having Pakistani passports but no Indian visa, an official said.

Gharials dead

Lakhimpur Kheri (PTI): At least 10 gharials, an endangered crocodile species, have died in the Chambal wildlife sanctuary in the past 20 days. The post-mortem reports have been inconclusive. The wildlife department has sent the blood samples of some sick gharials to forensic laboratories, sources in the department said.

‘Spy’ in Pokhran

Jaisalmer/Jaipur, Feb. 25 (PTI): An alleged ISI spy was arrested yesterday for passing information to an officer of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence about the just-concluded IAF exercise Iron Fist in Pokhran.

Sumaar Khan, 35, a computer expert, was under observation for some time and was being monitored on Friday when the IAF exercise was going on. He came into contact with the ISI when he visited Pakistan last year. He has been remanded in police custody for eight days.

Domestic PIL

Mumbai (PTI): A PIL, alleging that the 2005 domestic violence act was not being implemented, has urged Bombay High Court to direct the Maharashtra government to appoint full-time officers to protect such victims.

Hospital fine

New Delhi (PTI): A consumer body has asked a Hyderabad emergency centre run by Apollo Emergency Hospital to pay Rs 5.10 lakh to a surgeon who contracted an infection when he was admitted there for removal of screws from his hip. The infection allegedly lead to multiple-organ failure.

Cigarette row

Medininagar (PTI): Three teenagers, including a girl, were beaten up by four miscreants after their father refused to give them free cigarettes at Jharkhand’s Palamu on Sunday, police said. The children were at their father Amrika Paswan’s shop to help him. An FIR has been lodged against the four.

Leopards die

Dehra Dun (PTI): Two leopards were found dead in various parts of Uttarakhand on Sunday evening, sources said. A carcass of a four-year-old leopard with its abdomen missing was found in Pauri’s Sattichaur forest and 17-year-old leopard was found dead at Roorkee’s Khanpur forest in Hardwar.

Lizard in food

Madurai (PTI): Eleven students of a school near Madurai were admitted to hospital on Monday when they complained of vomiting and dizziness after having food at the school, police said. A lizard had allegedly fallen in the food which caused food poisoning. The students were discharged later.